Artist Free Membership Application

Free IACC Artist Membership

Welcome to the Indigenous Arts Collective of Canada. This is a free service for Indigenous artists. We are a non profit organization with the mandate to empower Indigenous artists. We are Indigenous women led and based in Canada.

Please review the sections above to take advantage of the benefits that the IACC has to offer Indigenous artists. Fill out the form below to the best of your ability and remember that membership acceptance relies upon preserving the integrity of Indigenous arts and cultures. Can't wait to e-meet you!

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IACC MEMBERSHIP CRITERIA

BEFORE filling out this application, read guidelines at bottom of page.

IACC Membership Application
Once you are finished, click 'submit' and wait. Because there are photos, this form will take some time to submit. This form is best done on a computer with high speed internet. If you cannot submit form, email form and answer all questions. contact@indigenousartscollective.org
Many of us carry traditional names or more than one name due to displacement. If there are other names that you identify with, please feel free to let us know.
Please be specific. These categories will determine your placement in our directory. For example: moccasins, beadwork, dream catchers, jewelry, etc.

The Indigenous Arts Collective of Canada retains the right to reject membership and vendor application based on the evidence that an artist submits regarding identity.
While we cannot define who identifies as Indigenous, we ask that artists belong to, or have a connection to a certain Indigenous territory or community. In some cases, we will reach out to Indigenous communities/people to confirm these connections.

This non profit organization is for Indigenous artists only. We commit our resources to Indigenous artists only, and are very proud of our large artist membership. Additionally, the funding we are granted is specifically for Indigenous people and must be spent on the terms it was granted.

You MUST fully answer the following or your application may not be reviewed:

• Can you confirm that you are related by blood to living Indigenous people? Who are your people?
• Are you connected to an Indigenous reserve/community/nation by blood? Who are your people?

If you have no identification that shows your Indigenous connection(s), tell us here how you are related to living Indigenous persons or an Indigenous community. You MUST fully answer the following: Confirm that you are related by blood to living Indigenous people? Who are your people? Confirm that you are connected to an Indigenous reserve/community/nation by blood? Who are your people?
We are proud to support Indigenous artists. If you retain an Indian Status card, band card, Inuit or Métis card please upload a photo here. We will never use or share this information with anyone/any business/any organization and once membership is approved, it will be deleted from all IACC files.
Please let us know what work you're interested in and we can help to get your name out there!
Please describe your work/workshop(s) here.
This will be public so customers can reach you.

Below type URLs (links) where people can contact you or see your work! Like Facebook, Etsy, Ebay, etc. We’ll add them to your page.

Are you in a Powwow circuit or have certain art shows or markets that you sell at regularly? List the dates and gatherings where you will sell your work so people can visit you.

PHOTOS ARE MANDATORY. To have a membership page, photos are mandatory.

Upload one profile photo of yourself and additional photos of your work. If there are no photos of your work, your application will not be reviewed. Extra photos can be sent to contact@indigenousartscollective.org with the subject line: YOUR NAME/ADDITIONAL MEMBERSHIP PAGE PHOTOS

Indigenous arts are defined by stories, techniques and origins of your work; it can be both contemporary and traditional but must be rooted in family, community and Indigenous ways of knowing.
•Where did you learn your skills?
•Who are your teachers?
•Write a short history about you and your work and how your work represents your Indigenous culture.

This bio is mandatory and will be published on your page.

I give full permission for the IACC to create my membership listing on the website https://indigenousartscollective.org. All of the information that I have provided in this form can be published on the website, marketing and social media connections. It is my responsibility to contact the IACC should any of my contact information change.

IACC Membership Criteria

Membership acceptance to the Indigenous Arts Collective of Canada (IndigenARTSY) is based strictly on:

  1. Contribution to the protection and development of endangered Indigenous art forms,
  2. Maintaining the integrity and history of traditional Indigenous art forms,
  3. Contributing to the transmission of Indigenous knowledge within our families and sovereign nations.

To be accepted into IACC membership, Indigenous artists must demonstrate the following:

  1. A firm understanding of the origins of the Indigenous art forms that they choose to create,
  2. A story of learning their art form from Indigenous people via family and/or community,
  3. Incentive to teach the next generations of Indigenous artists,
  4. Promotion each other equally and fairly - demonstrating respect and gratitude for others.

IACC Membership and Identification

If you can answer the following questions with an honest ‘yes’, you are very likely to be accepted for IACC membership:

  • Are you Indigenous?
  • Can you confirm that you are related by blood to living Indigenous people?
  • Are you connected to an Indigenous reserve/community/nation by blood?
  • Did you learn your art form from family or community?
  • Do you think it’s important to pass Indigenous knowledge to the next generations of Indigenous artists?
  • The Indigenous Arts Collective of Canada retains the right to reject membership and vendor application based on the evidence that an artist submits regarding identity as well as the history and integrity of their art form(s). This non profit organization is for Indigenous artists only. We commit our resources to Indigenous artists only, and are very proud of our large artist membership and the services we provide.

Identification

The IACC prides itself in offering membership to diverse Indigenous nations. We put forth every effort to represent Indigenous nations equally and structure our membership so that there are an equal number of individuals representing as many nations as possible.

Approval : You will be required to upload a photo of a recognized identification card (Status Card, Band Card).  Artists identifying as Métis must be connected to a  Métis organization such as Manitoba Metis Federation, Métis Nation-Saskatchewan, Métis Nation of Alberta, Métis Nation British Columbia, Métis Nation of Ontario. Inuit identification is various and widely accepted.  If you do not have identification, you must explain why and describe yourself in a way that shows you are Indigenous and connected to an Indigenous community and related to living Indigenous people. Once approved, your identification will be deleted from our possession entirely - we do not keep copies of anyone’s identification.

Can you confidently say yes to the questions at the top of this page?

People who have gained Indigenous status/ identity because they married an Indigenous person do not qualify for membership.

Non-Indigenous people whose art forms and practices have been learned from, or are similar to Indigenous art forms do not qualify for membership.

We appreciate your respect of our Indigenous cultures and ask that you allow us to maintain our strong and important cultural identities.

*The funding we are granted is specifically for Indigenous people and must be spent on the terms it was granted.

We have seen and acknowledge that many people claim Indigenous identity and/or hold it in high regard but these identities are not up for debate and membership applications will be rejected.

While we cannot define who identifies as Indigenous, we ask that artists belong to, or have a connection to a certain Indigenous territory or community. In some cases, we will reach out to Indigenous communities to confirm these connections.

*Indigenous identity fraud will not be tolerated. Each vendor has claimed Indigenous identity. While we do our best to determine eligibility, we reserve the right to reject/recind membership applications based on evidence provided to us by the artist or others. Questionable identities will be reviewed by the board of directors and a decision made by board vote. Vendors not in compliance may find their IndigenARTSY stores closed and IACC membership suspended temporarily or indefinitely.